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her? >> reporter: officially, they designed to tell us why they fired elaine ramirez. she said she has been targeted by the private company since she publicly exposed problems with her bus. >> this is how you're treated? this is wrong. this is wrong. and you're putting those children in unsafe equipment. >> reporter: after six years of driving special needs children in the east bay, durham bus services fired her. >> at the time you knew you were risking your job. >> yes, i did. >> did you ever speck them to fire you? >> no. i did not. >> reporter: back in may she told the investigative unit her employer was not fixing problems with her bus. >> my bus leaks massive and the brakes are going out right now. and every time i take it in for maintenance they tell me, we ain't got the parts. >> it says it right there two days after her investigation, they fixed your brakes. what does that say to you? >> that i was telling the truth the whole entire time. that durham lied. and they wanted me to just shut up and be quiet about it. well, no, i could not. because i'm transporting those ìáhp && >
brother is speaking out to us. nbc bay area in that courtroom as the suspect faced the judge for the first time today. >> reporter: well, raj, jonathan which will banks did not look very menacing in court today, but police say he is a cold-blooded killer, be and they are still looking for a second man who they say helped him. he lowered his head for most of the hearing. the lawyer for jonathan which will banks explained the posture outside the courtroom. >> i would say extremely remorseful. >> reporter: remorseful for what, sir? which will banks is charged with killing a carjacking victim and then going on a crime spree that ended in a shoot-out with san jose police. >> someone who would do something like this. >> reporter: in an exclusive interview, which will banks' younger brother couldn't answer if he thought which will banks was capable of such violence. eric which will banks says his family is torn and hoping for the best for the murder victim's family. >> we all need to unite and donate for the family. i don't know why this happened but that's the only way to make the situation bett
. tonight, the reward money has been increased. nbc bay area's kris sanchez has new details and joins us from the 7-eleven in san jose. that's where that crime spree turned deadly. >> reporter: hi, there. yes, the suspect in custody and the one still on the loose fired directly at that police officer as he sat in his car, a sitting duck, so to speak. he ducked under his dash just to make sure that he could survive the accident. that was after the suspects gunned down a young man here at the 7-eleven after trying to carjack him. a collection of things that remind rory parkpettiford's friends of him are collected near where he was killed, randomly, senselessly by two suspects on a violent crime spree on friday night in san jose. >> it just sucks. seeing this and having him just be gone. i can't call him to see what's good and just chill. i don't know. it's just really sad. >> reporter: steven mosley says his friend, parkpettiford, was good at music, full of life and helpful to his family. the suspects who allegedly killed him while trying to steal his car outside this 7-evan are ruthless.
's his first time voting in the u.s. in a presidential election. >> i'm from argentina. i'm an american citizen since 2009. >> he decided to vote early, like hundreds of thousands of other people in the south bay. >> i think this is probably one of the most important days on the calendar, is to actually come out and vote and make sure we vote for the right candidates that we feel will move our country forward in the right direction. >> reporter: the registrar's office in san jose has been processing mail-in ballots for a couple of weeks. 20,000 ballots come in ever day. in the south bay those voting by mail outnumber people that go to the polls on election day. 74% of people in santa clara county now choose to vote by mail. >> it's been very busy. we actually had the weekend voting the past two weekends. >> reporter: that means ne thes scanning machines are counting all the early votes, and they're hard at work tuesday night scanning the ballots that come in from the polls. >> i love to strovote in this country. early voting is wonderful. >> reporter: a new experience for this new ameri
crowd. >>> nbc bay area news starts now. >>> good evening, i'm diane dwyer, thank you for joining us, it has been a week since hurricane sandy hit the east coast, many are without power, and recovery is still slow. nbc's jay gray has more on how neighbors are helping neighbors. >> reporter: the clean up has come from some who suffered the most. >> everybody is looking after everybody else, helping each other. >> reporter: survivors, coming together in the wake of sandy. >> this is a disaster that has touched home for us. it is our job to go out here with the people. >> reporter: making meals. >> reporter: and volunteer doctors taking care of those who have no place to go. >> i think that they made the right decision. >> reporter: she was supposed to compete in the new york city marathon this weekend. when the race was cancelled, she agreed now is not the time to run. instead, she stayed to help. >> i can't even imagine like losing everything. so if i could do something to help, you know, whatever little i could do, i want to do it. >> reporter: support also continues to pour in by th
storm now behind us most folks are saying so far so good. after spending the morning indoors trisha lacey and little anna took advantage of the break in the storm to let out some steam. the lacey's are gearing up for some soggy days ahead. >> i think that it will be fine. whether i go stir crazy at home with my three kids is another story. movie night, breaks when we can. >> reporter: round one swept through this morning making driving a bit treacherous. but it didn't last long. by noon the rain clouds were moving on out. pg&e says while power problems have been minimal so far with more rain on the way that could change. they are urging everyone to be ready. >> we recommend that you have a flashlight and radio as well as fresh batteries on hand. we also recommend that you freeze water in plastic bins so if the laek trisity goes out you have something to keep cool. crews are working hard to clean storm drains and sweep streets. >> i saw yesterday that the street cleaner was going around at 5:30 at the night. i know people are working overtime and we are all very appreciative. >> repo
the department. nbc bay's damian trujillo joins us from headquarters. not long ago, this was among the best departments in the country. where is it going from here? >> reporter: morale asinking here and it's been difficult. it remains a strong department but getting more and more difficult by the moment. the chief sent this memo to city hall, alerting them that the number of officers he has available to suit up has dropped to less than 1,000. that number alarming to those victims of crime and to those still here on the force. the robbers haven't been back to the west coast wheels and tire shop in san jose but left an impression with one of the workers tied with duct tape and held at gun point while they em tied the cash register. >> i think about it all the time. >> reporter: police haven't caught the bad guys, with fewer investigators they may never. for the first time in a long time the police warned city leaders at this point in time he only has 978 officers who are able to suit up. >> if you factor in the disability and recruits who aren't able to work the streets yet, it dips below 1,0
, you can also go to nbcbayarea.com. and you can send us your pictures. >> the cold-blooded murders of two teenage girls in oakland have a community reeling tonight. the girl just 15 and 16 were killed over the weekend in a hail of gun fire. and as jody hernandez reports, neighbors stay shootings are the tipping point for what already feels like a war zone. >> there will never be a day i won't miss my daughter. not one. >> reporter: she is beside herself. thinking about how her 16-year-old daughter bobby and her daughter's best friend, 15-year-old raquel, died. the two girls were brutally gunned down in an east oakland neighborhood early sunday morning. >>hese ladies were screaming like help! >> reporter: monique jefferson and jed hamilton were among the neighbors who ran to the girls' aid. they held her hand as she took her last breath. >> i was telling her to hold on. stay strong. >> reporter: neighbors say the killings are over the top even for oakland. with 116 people kill in the east bay city so far this year, some say it is time for the federal government to step in and take t
a confrontation. and used his as a weapon. and based at camp pendleton. and start college in ape few months. and planning on spending thanksgiving with them. >> he was excited. wrapping up the years in the marine core. came up here. last week and week before. >> the family says they want to know more details about exactly what led up to the shooting since according to them this is completely out of character for them. they want a,000 full investigation. independent of the palm springs police department or river side district. county district attorney any office that is. both officers involved in the shooting have been placeded on paid administrative leave. we were told by the family that the funeral is planned for wednesday, at 11:00 a.m. it is open to the public and will be held here at the family mortuary in free mont. we are told by the family he will receive full military honors. at his burial. live in free mont. nbc bay area news. >> thank you. >> one year after his shooting death, some people are struggling to deal with the death of officer. known for devotion to family, community and
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